Community mental health care after self-harm: A retrospective cohort study
Matthew J Spittal, Fiona Shand, Helen Christensen, Lisa Brophy, Jane Pirkis
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2017
OBJECTIVE: Presentation to hospital after self-harm is an opportunity to treat underlying mental health problems. We aimed to describe the pattern of mental health contacts following hospital admission focusing on those with and without recent contact with community mental health services (connected and unconnected patients). METHODS: We undertook a data linkage study of all individuals admitted as a general or psychiatric inpatient to hospital after self-harm in New South Wales, Australia, between 2005 and 2011. We identified the proportion of admissions where the patient received subsequent in-person community mental health care within 30 days of discharge and the factors associated with r..View full abstract
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This study was funded by the National Mental Health Commission. The funders had no role in the design and conduct of the study; the collection, analysis and interpretation of the results; or preparation of the manuscript.